Suspect Stabbed Benton County Man In The Face, Police Say

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A Gravette man is behind bars, accused of stabbing another man in the face in the early morning hours of Dec. 23.

Timothy Ray Simmons, 38, faces charges of aggravated assault, driving while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license, lacking proof of insurance and violating parole. He remains in the Benton County Jail on $20,000 bond.

The alleged stabbing victim told police he had been drinking alcohol with Simmons in a trailer on North Main Street in Decatur, when Simmons “flipped out” and stabbed the victim in the face with a knife. The victim was transported to the Gravette Emergency Room.

Police responding to the call found blood on the trailer’s bed and floor. Blood was also smeared on the wall, according to a probable cause affidavit from the Benton County Circuit Court. Officers found a silver Smith and Wesson handgun and a lock-blade knife at the scene.

Simmons fled the scene in his red Jeep after the attack, police said. He crashed his Jeep into at least two other vehicles, slowing his getaway. Simmons left the Jeep and passed out on the ground shortly afterward, where the police found him, the affidavit states.

Simmons’ face and arms were covered by blood. He was examined by medical personnel and released into police custody.

Simmons is on parole until 2023. He was arrested in connection with domestic violence in November. His criminal history also includes battery, aggravated assault and burglary, according to the probable cause affidavit.